One of the great mysteries of Canadian TV is how it’s so similar to American TV, yet so different. A great example would be Canadians’ interest in superhero shows, like Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, The Flash and Lucifer, which have lukewarm ratings down south.
Let’s look at SHIELD
’s April 26 episode “The Singularity.” It snagged 3.22 million
viewers on ABC in the U.S., but here in Canada over on CTV, it went a hair over 1.9 million viewers.
Keep in mind that the population of the U.S. is around nine times greater than the population of Canada. (Based on recent estimates, the U.S. population should be around 323 million
, while Canada’s should be in the neighbourhood of 36 million
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but The Big Bang Theory, Criminal Minds and Survivor are the three of the biggest programs of the week. Unfortunately, they’re also three really old and creaky series, which means their time on this earth might soon come to an end. And should they go bye-bye, a bunch of viewers might disappear with them.
Of the bunch, Survivor, might, well, survive. It is one of those reality shows that feels like it could go on forever.
History has also been a bit kind to dramas as well as they’ve have had a bit more luck staying on the air, too. In fact, there are several long-running dramas on TV right now. Supernatural, Bones, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit are up there with Criminal Minds.
As a number of the country’s top shows disappeared from Numeris’ Top Programs chart for the week, we were left with a bunch of middling “hits” taking up the chart. Only two programs, The Big Bang Theory and Survivor, managed to attract over two million viewers.
Putting the missing hits aside, this is one of the weeks that you can really spot how dominant CTV is. The network held 13 out of the top 15 programs. Only Global’s Hawaii Five-O and Survivor managed to crack the top 15.
They’re both CBS imports as well. Actually, Global relies heavily on CBS. All but one of their programs that made the Top Programs chart for the week was a CBS program or a Canadian version of a CBS program. That lone non-CBS show was Shades of Blue from NBC. This week didn’t even have NCIS and its spinoffs, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary or Supergirl on the chart either.
It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Big Brother. In fact, you could say I hate it. On second thought, you should say that I hate it. I kinda feel my IQ dropping just thinking about it. But that doesn’t matter at all because it’s pretty obvious Big Brother Canada is a big hit.
The season four premiere snagged 1,402,000 viewers over on Global, which as far as I can tell was a dramatic increase from last season.
I was trying to find the exact numbers for Big Brother Canada
’s season three premiere, but I wasn’t able to even spot it on the Numeris Top Programs chart. Apparently, season three debuted on March 23 of last year, but when you check the Numeris Top Programs chart for the week
, the season premiere didn’t make it. That may be because it also aired on Slice, Big Brother Canada
’s former home.
Music has been a bit of a mixed bag for City. Glee
, that musical dramedy that tormented everyone for a good six seasons, ended its run on City well after the show kinda collapsed in on itself. Empire
, that huge runaway hit on Fox was a huge flop on City, so much so that they yanked it partway through the season
. City has simulcast NBC’s Christmastime live musicals, but the last one, The Wiz Live
, didn’t even crack the top-30 for the week.
When it comes to music, City, however, also has the Grammys, and I bet the folks over at City lose their head each year when it comes to the Grammys. The Grammys are the Grammys after all, and it’s pretty much one of the few times of the year the network seems to get anything that somewhat resemble ratings that a typical TV network should bring in.
Besides the obvious clobbering that you don’t need me to tell you it got from The Big Bang Theory
, it did alright despite a noticeable drop. If you want the numbers, here they are: City saw 2,462,000 tune into the Grammy Awards, down from the 2,867,000 it brought in last year
It looks like Canada is getting ready to rebuke Lucifer. CTV’s new Monday night comic book show managed to only draw 1,804,000 viewers for its February 8 episode, which meant it shed 365,000 viewers from its previous broadcast.
But enough of the bad news, a lot of old favourites made their way back onto TV for the week of February 8. NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los: Angeles, Castle, The Amazing Race, How to Get Away with Murder, Madam Secretary and MasterChef Canada were some of the ones I spotted on Numeris’ chart.
However, besides Lucifer’s sudden drop and the return of a number of shows, everything is at or around where you’d expect it to be.
Let’s talk about Monday nights, shall we? What seemed to be one of the most promising nights on TV, with established hits like Castle and NCIS: Los Angeles and buzzed about newbies like Gotham, Supergirl and Blindspot, has been in a bit of a free fall lately.
Just compared to last week, NCIS: Los Angeles lost 304,000 viewers, Supergirl shed 234,000, Castle dropped 165,000 and Gotham kissed goodbye to 129,000, and of the top bunch of programs airing on Monday night, only Blindspot gained some viewers with 133,000 more tuning in from the previous week.
So, what’s going on there? I have absolutely no idea. Okay, okay, I suppose I should take a stab at it. (That’s kinda what this blog is all about, isn’t it?) Continue reading